Malala, Nobel Prize Winner and Muslim Feminist

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Seventeen-year-old Malala Yousafzai has won the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations. This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls' rights to education. In the aftermath of this award, I have found an … [Read more...]

More Thoughts on Teaching Consent to Young Children

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"When I was at Brogan's house, I kissed him," five-year-old Sally told me recently."Okay. Where did you kiss him?" I asked, curious what sort of kiss she meant."On the back of the head, because he didn't want me to so he was moving all around.""Wait a minute, now---""When we go over to Brogan's house again, I will run and catch him and kiss him again!" Sally proclaimed excitedly."Sally, what should you do if someone doesn't want you to kiss them?" I asked."Just get him … [Read more...]

What to Do If Someone Calls You Sexist: A Short Primer

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It has come to my attention that some people seem to view being called sexist as worse than the damage done by being sexist. (It has also come to my attention that many people don't know what sexism is.) This is all highly unfortunate, to say the least, but I think I can help. Without further ado, here is my short and dirty primer on what to do if someone calls you (or something you said or did) sexist.1. StopDo not respond to accusations of sexism with outrage or denial. Doing so sug … [Read more...]

“It’s like their brains time-travel back to 1952″

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In the past, I've done what I've called "awesome comment award." I want to start doing something similar but more regular. I have a lot of readers who say many interesting things, and some of their comments call for a bit more spotlight.Today I want to highlight a comment by reader snowmentality, left last week on one of my posts, "What's Your Favorite Princess?"I love that Sally had the self-confidence to say "I don't have a favorite princess." At her age, I probably would have just nam … [Read more...]

“What’s Your Favorite Princess?”

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My husband Sean had to work this past weekend, and at one point I stopped by his office with the kids. Five-year-old Sally was immediately attracted to the chalkboard, and began attempting to copy the numbers and figures already on the board (Sean is in a STEM field). After a few minutes, one of Sean's colleagues stopped by. Sean introduced us, and his colleague turned to Sally. "How old are you?" he asked genially. "Five," she responded. "What's your favorite princess?" he asked. Seriously? … [Read more...]

On Sam Harris, Pregnancy, and Sacrifices

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Last week an article in the Washington Post quoted prominent atheist author and speaker Sam Harris's explanation for why his audience is primarily male---women, he said, have an "estrogen vibe" that makes them less interested in the "critical posture" he takes in his writing. When female atheists responded critically to his comments, Harris wrote a post explaining what he'd meant---and digging his hole deeper. I addressed Harris's comment in a recent post, "Is Same Harris Sexist?"Yesterday … [Read more...]

“Lost” Masculinity and Privilege Distress

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I recently came upon an article on Crosswalk titled Redefining Masculinity. I found it so ridiculous I thought I'd go through it point by point. It’s just another thing I won’t miss as I switch off the TV in February: the seemingly endless parade of programs and commercials that mock men and boys. Other groups in our society would not tolerate such blatant discrimination, yet it seems that men, the all-time great oppressors, are fair game. This castigation of men in media is designed to court th … [Read more...]


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